CIT (COUNSELOR IN TRAINING) AND JC (JUNIOR COUNSELOR) INFORMATION
Counselors In Training (CITs) and Junior Counselors (JCs) are essential members of Summer Camp! CITs and JCs assist in leading classes, setting up and leading evening activities, and caring for children. Summer Camp staff mentor and coach both CITs and JCs to develop their leadership skills. Both CITs and JCs are evaluated by the CIT and JC Director, which is an essential pathway to becoming a Summer Camp staff member. Families should not underestimate the skills their child will learn and hone here at camp: caring for and working with children, designing sets, directing movies, interpersonal communication, and organizational skills.
Once your camper becomes a CIT, the number of spots available for Summer Camp decreases, as this becomes more of a competitive process to acquire leadership skills. On average, each week of Summer Camp has space for approximately 100 campers, 30 CITs, and 25 JCs.
SPRING CIT and JC Training Weekend: Mar. 25-26, 2023
@ Foothill Horizons
10 am Saturday to 1 pm Sunday, transportation available
This Saturday to Sunday Training Weekend challenges young leaders to develop leadership, communication, and social skills required to ensure that everyone at camp is not only safe, but also having an amazing experience. Training Weekend is HIGHLY recommended, but not mandatory. A CIT or JC who attends this Training Weekend will be able to excel from day one of their Summer Camp week. Many CITs and JCs look forward to this time to re-connect with Summer Camp friends and staff before their main focus becomes ensuring that others have an amazing week at Summer Camp.
To register, go to: Sign me up!
For arrival and departure times and options, go to: How to Get to Camp
For family information, packing list, rules, and medication forms, go to: Family Information
Attention CITs and JCs - we need your personal email address!
The FHSC staff wants to send you personalized information and communication with tips and updates pertinent to your leadership role at Summer Camp.
Parents: Please enter your CIT's or JC's direct email address in the family account. Select the child you want to update and make sure their direct email address is entered in the section where their school is listed. This is also a good time to update their school if it has changed.
COUNSELORS IN TRAINING (CITs)
A child entering 9th grade will be a CIT I.
A child entering 10th grade will be a CIT II.
The Counselor In Training program will take our young leaders “behind the scenes” of Summer Camp and show them what it takes to care for children 24 hours a day. CITs will shift the focus from themselves to supporting others in having the best week ever. CITs will assist during activities, ensure campers are prepared and following the rules. CITs will not be leading activities or supervising children on their own, but rather working as assistant leaders. CITs will also practice leading by example and will become excellent role models by participating in games, hyping up evening activities, staying calm during emergencies, and making all children feel welcome. CITs will be challenged to work together with other CITs to accomplish set designs for the evening program.
Many of these skills are introduced and developed at the spring Training Weekend. This short intense Training Weekend focuses on communication skills, setting expectations, team building, and how to support all children at Summer Camp.
CITs who do well at their week of Summer Camp will progress to the next level as CIT II, then JC I, followed by JC II. Families will be notified if their child does not do well in this leadership program.
JUNIOR COUNSELORS (JCs)
A child entering 11th grade will be a JC I.
A child who is entering 12th (during the same year as camp) will be a JC II.
Once children have demonstrated their leadership skills as a CIT II, they will be welcomed to become a Junior Counselor. In this next phase of leadership, Junior Counselors will start to lead classes and some small activities on their own. Junior counselors will focus on supporting younger groups of campers in the dorms, during classes, and during evening activities. They will also take a more active role in set design for the evening program.
Junior Counselors will continue to develop communication, organizational, and group management skills. These skills are essential in any work place and should not be underestimated. Many skills that Junior Counselors learn while at Summer Camp can be used on college applications, resumes, and cover letters.
Throughout the week, JCs will be coached and evaluated throughout this process. JCs are expected to be excellent role models, hype up activities, engage all children, pay attention to those in need, be creative characters during program night, and remain calm during emergencies. JCs who do well will be encouraged to attend as a JC II. Families will be notified if their child does not do well in this leadership program.
Many of the skills required as a Junior Counselor are introduced and developed at the spring Training Weekend. This short intense Training Weekend focuses on communication skills, setting expectations, team building, and how to support all children at Summer Camp.